Fellow, Opportunity Zones
Jennifer Collins is a Fellow-in-Residence at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation focused on Opportunity Zones, the federal, bipartisan effort to encourage investors to focus on economically distressed areas and drive capital to communities in a way that truly benefits the individuals and families that currently live and work there.
A purpose-driven leader who has created a platform for success across a wide range of focus areas including real estate, hospitality, education, humanitarian and wellness initiatives, Jen has spent the majority of her career working on the principal ownership side of commercial real estate. Most recently she led the asset management group at LaSalle Hotel Properties, a leading multi-operator real estate investment trust. Prior to joining LaSalle, Jen was at Westbrook Partners, a global real estate private equity firm based in New York City. Jen joined Westbrook from Tishman Hotel & Realty.
Jen brings a background and passion for partnerships in low-income communities in addition to her wealth of experience in real estate investing. She is involved with various youth empowerment initiatives in East Africa where she is increasing educational opportunities for orphans and street children in rural communities through holistic community development. She is also a certified yoga and mindfulness instructor and co-founded a community program in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington DC. Jen is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, where she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Basketball team.